South Africa has commenced tests on an unidentified man in Johannesburg for the deadly Ebola Virus. The man previously worked for a Liberia mining operation as a health and safety worker and returned to South Africa on August 6. Initial reports are that the man is negative for Ebola, but the authorities will watch him for a few more days as Ebola can be hard to diagnose in the first fortnight of infection.
A second man is also now being tested at an undisclosed location in the city.
Facilities have now been set up at all entry ports into the country by government departments to detect any possible sign of the Ebola Virus. But is that enough?And will our fear of being inhumane, even racist by the totalitarian PC Brigade (political correctness) be our undoing?
Anyone that follows this website knows that the Left is behind HIV, our out of control crime rates and the fact that a once prosperous nation is now almost in ruin. Will it also be responsible for a possible Ebola virus assault on the nation?
If Ebola is allowed to enter our societies then the answer to those questions will be an emphatic yes.
Our refusal to make anymore than a few minor changes to immigration policy, due to a combination of laziness, stupidity and political correctness might result in something that will make slow moving HIV infection already decimating South Africa look tame in comparison.
I ask, if Ebola is in fact hard to diagnose, how can a border patrol officer, without any background in medicine begin to tell if someone is in fact infected. And with the incubation period as long as it is, shouldn’t we close the borders to people arriving from Western Africa?
The Liberian Man was scanned following normal protocol, and no symptoms were detected upon his arrival. The man visited his doctor when he developed a fever, and was immediately referred to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) for further investigation. Due to the reference of the patient previously staying in Liberia, the doctor did not hesitate to refer him to a Johannesburg hospital for further tests.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoalede stated that no cases of Ebola have been confirmed in South Africa and assured the public that all results would be made available. Motsoalede confirmed that the country remained on high alert following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
I have been screaming for our government to implement measures to protect us from Ebola for months. First there was the Richards Bay ship scare, and now this. Wonder If President Zuma thinks taking a hot shower will purge Ebola from one’s system as it does AIDS? Those of you familiar with the lunacy of our witchdoctor following president will understand my reference.
But in al seriousness-and this is DEADLY serious, it was just a matter of time before Ebola arrived on our shores – considering all the business we conduct with western Africa. In fact we are regular trading partners with Liberia, and nations that have Liberian crew.
A Geneva news channel reported that aid groups are not coping with the rapid spread of the Ebola virus to other countries. Ebola appeared to be moving faster than the ability to curb the outbreak and no known vaccine is ready to stop a total collapse of stabilizing the virus. There is fear, and it is like war time in some African countries. The only truth is that officials continue to calm the situation because they are not ready for extreme panic that has gripped people around the world.
We should expect our government to regard the threat of Ebola entering the country seriously. The South African government does not have adequate measures in place to tackle the outbreak. Ebola has a 21-day incubation period and people entering the country through ports can remain undetected. The screening at entry ports does not stop the entry into the country.
Dr. Ayo Olowolagba, head of the Communicable Disease Services for the eThekwini Municipality, said the Ebola outbreak could be the new Black Death and that not enough measures are in place to stop the virus from entering South Africa. He stated that as the reality of the virus being so close, it does not take into account the illegal walking over the borders where not controls are in place.
Dr. Olowolagba said that although the authorities have reassured the citizens that everything is under control, the measures to identify the virus are ineffective. Dr. Olowolagba warned that the Ebola virus had the potential to be called the next Black Death, referring to the pandemic during 1346 and 1353 where over 75 million people died.
Is South Africa reckless by allowing entry into the country during a worldwide threat of Ebola? Does the fact that scanning people entering the country determine a reliable safety procedure? No, it does not, and other preventative measures should be in place to stop an epidemic starting in South Africa.
What are other African countries doing to curb the spread of Ebola? Kenya has recently banned travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Guinea, the worst affected places. Citizens are advised not to travel to these countries during the uncertainty of the Ebola outbreak.
Tackling a deadly outbreak is not an easy task for any government to perform but there are precautions that can help the spread and does South Africa have the ability to combat this? Fearfully there is little hope of South Africa coping with an Ebola outbreak. The public hospitals and crumbling infrastructure is a major problem.
The population of South Africa has increased significantly over the last 20 years and already hospitals cannot cope with overcrowding, unhygienic conditions and too few doctors. Previous reports confirm that public hospital facilities are a nightmare and that only one out of 394 state hospitals passed an audit for cleanliness, infection control and safety. That is a scary thought, and more so is an Ebola outbreak!
South Africa has a diverse culture, and many of the rural population still believe that tribal doctors, sangomas and witch doctors hold a cure for every cited virus. When people believe in such ridiculous cures, they will surely believe anything. It has never been proved that raping a baby cured AIDS, practicing Muti will make you wealthy nor has eating body parts cured other incurable diseases. The insanity of applying such methods is madness but then President Jacob Zuma took a shower to prevent the spread of AIDS. Is it only in South Africa that such idiocy is applied? Well, perhaps Zuma will present the cure for Ebola and everybody can take a deep breath and say, “what a great president we have!”
So what can we do?
1. Ground all flights to West African nations with ONE reported Ebola case. That list should be reviewed thrice daily and people responsible for producing it, with the authority to ground flights
2. Implement strict border control, preventing people from driving into South Africa from lands to the north where Ebola has already taken root.
3. Ships with crew or passengers from Western Africa need to excluded from our harbours. It’s actually quite simple to deny large vessels carrying passengers from these nations entry to our harbours. Small vessels are more difficult to track and restrict, but how many Liberians do you know own yachts and sailboats?
4. Bring in Western experts that have tackled issues like these in their nations. BEE has seen to it that many of our medical experts are in fact experts in little more than collecting a paycheck. We need proper people running the show while this threat is upon us.
5. Use this opportunity to teach people about the threat of communicable illness by implementing health, safety, and hygiene lessons in our classrooms. This will also slow down the rate of HIV infection. Matric that teaches algebra to blacks but doesn’t properly teach them how to slow down the transmission of HIV?
We are at a huge crossroads as once Ebola takes root there will be NO turning back. People will be scrambling over security walls to escape the carnage. It will make HIV look like a joke.
Article by Laura Oneale
Safety outline by EKP staff